Kesha’s future-facing album came out last week without any kerfuffles, but even now that the singer has made serious moves away from the producer who allegedly emotionally, sexually, and physically abused her—to the point that releasing a finally Dr. Luke-free album “quite literally saved” her life—the pair is still sorting things out in court, as Luke continues to pursue his defamation case against the singer.
Case in point: Three years into their battle, Lady Gaga has now entered the fray. Luke first officially dared to subpoena Gaga for deposition in July regarding texts that Kesha sent Mother Monster in 2013 where she allegedly accused Luke of drugging and raping her; at the time, Gaga’s team responded that though she was “at most an ancillary witness in this process,” she had already “provided all of the relevant information in her possession”—including a four-page spreadsheet full of texts, which Luke’s team then complained were “so heavily redacted it was incomprehensible.”
And while Gaga’s team then shot back by saying Luke’s team was “attempting to manipulate the truth and draw press attention to their case by exaggerating Lady Gaga‘s role,” the latter has now succeeded in getting Gaga in court. She’s now reportedly set to appear for a deposition in September, according to a deal Luke and Kesha’s signed, with Gaga agreeing to clarify some of the redactions in “certain of the documents.”
“Lady Gaga has always been prepared to testify so long as reasonable limitations were established. That has now been accomplished,” Orin Snyder, her lawyer, said.
A Brief History of the 16 Most Memorable Celebrity Courtroom Sketches, from Amy Winehouse to Taylor Swift
Though Denver’s court system somehow managed to assemble a jury who’d maybe never listened to Taylor Swift for her groping trial this past week, the whole world seemed to know that the sketches that emerged from the courtroom bore little to no resemblance to the pop star—other than her preference for Peter Pan collars. Indeed, the real artist behind the sketch was Jeff Kandyba, but some joked that it was likely instead Katheryn Hudson—the birth name of Swift’s nemesis, Katy Perry.
Note that Mona Shafer Edwards took care to capture the red soles of Lindsay Lohan‘s Louboutins when the actress was led away in handcuffs in 2010, to await a hearing on whether she violated her probation (for drunken driving and cocaine possession) by failing a drug test.
This sketch of Martin Shkreli, the “Pharma bro” who’s been widely hated since 2015, was depicted by the same artist responsible for the infamous depiction of Tom Brady. This time around, she seemed to incorporate the public opinion about Shkreli ever since he raised the price of a lifesaving drug by more than 5,000 percent into the sketch—no doubt appreciated by the jury, who’s so far reportedly called him both a “snake” and a “dick.”
After Paris Hilton showed up late to her 2007 Beverly Hills trial in an uncharacteristic pinstripe suit, but before she was convicted of violating her probation, the early 2000s icon actually pulled out her compact and started doing her makeup in court—a moment Edwards benevolently chose not to depict.
In 2009, Amy Winehouse was accused of assaulting a fan and ultimately acquitted—after the singer, just 5’3″ in her ballet flats, stood up to remind the judge of her small stature and stand by her claim that she only could have been defending herself.
Edwards depicted Michael Jackson in court in 1996 for a low-key case (one regarding the Jackson Family Honors show, and his failure to sing alone, without his family, onstage), and she also again captured him in 2005, when he faced charges for molesting a teenager. Though he’d worn a red jacket before, here, the wan singer wisely left his flashy looks at home—though he does sort of resemble an accurate mix of Voldemort and a Gryffindor.
In 2015, Pharrell Williams took part in an eight-day trial with Robin Thicke whose jury ultimately decided that their single “Blurred Lines,” which made $16 million in profits, borrowed just a little too much from Martin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.” Evidently, he took the trial very, very seriously: It was one of the only time he took care to leave his trademark camo blazers and murses at home.
Edwards was also there at the trial to depict Robin Thicke, and indeed, her sketch of the singer was heralded by some as the only good thing about the entire case. After all, to not have commemorated the moment Thicke pulled out a keyboard on the witness stand and sang a medley of U2’s “With Or Without You,” The Beatles’ “Let It Be,” Alphaville’s “Forever Young,” Bob Marley’s “No Woman No Cry” and Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” would have been a crime in and of itself.
Martha Stewart famously went on trial—and eventually went to prison—in 2004 for obstructing an investigation into her stock sales, but chief in the domestic goddess’s mind throughout the process were also her portraits during the trial; she even courted sketch artists ahead of time, and got the Wall Street Journal to switch out its rendering where she thought she appeared bloated. Though this sketch by alum Rosenberg was apparently passable, another courtroom frequenter, Shirley Shepard, wasn’t so lucky: When Shepard showed up to a taping of her show three years later, Stewart allegedly pointed her out to the audience—and declared her a “bad artist.”
Edwards was also there to capture the original modern-day courtroom celeb, Winona Ryder, when she went on trial for shoplifting $5,560 worth of items from Saks Fifth Avenue in 2002. The $760 cashmere Marc Jacobs sweater she took was nowhere to be found in court, though; a subdued Ryder, who did not testify, kept it mum in the courtroom and also kept her look subdued.
After winning two Emmy Awards for her courtroom sketches, Ida Libby Dengrove went on to depict Sex Pistols frontman Sid Vicious when he was infamously accused of murdering his late girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, who was found stabbed with a knife belonging to Vicious at the Chelsea Hotel in 1978. Whether you’re team Sid or Nancy, the incident clearly took a toll on Vicious: Here, he looks much older than his early twenties.
Even on crutches, Halle Berry still stood out when she showed up to her custody battle with her ex Gabriel Aubry in 2012, in part because of another accessory: a flashy apparent engagement ring from her then-partner Olivier Martinez, whom she ended up marrying the next year.
Hidden from Edwards’s depiction of an at-ease Dolly Parton at her 1985 trial for charges she’d copied much of her hit “9 to 5” is not only the fact that the singer was wearing stilettos, but also that she told Edwards she loved her drawings in the bathroom—and even wrote her a check to purchase one before heading into the stall.
Like his newfound buddy, Martha Stewart, Snoop Dogg has also spent time in the courtroom, though back in 1996, when he was known as Snoop Doggy Dogg, it was hardly a laughing matter: Along with his bodyguard, he was charged—and ultimately acquitted—of murder, after the shooting death of a gang member, hence his uncharacteristically subdued demeanor.
Thanks to her abusive ex Chris Brown, Rihanna has also found herself spending time in the courtroom. Brown had purple hair at the time that he pleaded guilty to his felony assaults against the singer in 2009, while Rihanna remained stony-faced—and dressed in head-to-toe black.
There’s no word yet on how Gaga will end up showing up to court next month when she’s in the midst of a world tour, but the years-long legal battle between Luke and Kesha has long proven Luke has never had a problem interrupting the lives of those close to the singer: He also sued Kesha’s mom, Pebe Sebert, not once, but twice, after she spoke out in defense of her daughter in both 2014 and 2016.
Meanwhile, Gaga, who was a major celebrity component of the #FreeKesha campaign, has also been keeping busy on Twitter holding polls about the president’s “response to racism” and tweeting at Donald Trump‘s two accounts directly, suggesting he read the results because she has “a lot of followers.”
The millions—many of whom are Little Monsters, and therefore always on call for Gaga, will no doubt come in handy when the singer faces off Luke, too.
Lady Gaga’s Most Naked, Bloody, and Gaga-esque Performances
Lady Gaga performs at Lollapalooza 2007
Lady Gaga performs during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards
Elton John and Lada Gaga perform onstage at the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards
Lady Gaga performs on ABC’s “Good Morning America”
Lady Gaga and Brian May perform on stage at the The 28th Annual MTV Video Music Awards
Lady Gaga performs onstage during The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards
Lady Gaga performs during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards
R. Kelly and Lady Gaga perform onstage during the 2013 American Music Awards
Lady Gaga performs on stage at the 87th Oscars
Lady Gaga performs onstage during “The ARTPOP Ball” tour
Lady Gaga performs during Super Bowl 50
Lady Gaga performs onstage during The 58th GRAMMY Awards
Lady Gaga performs on stage at the 88th Oscars
Lady Gaga on the Bud Light x Lady Gaga Dive Bar Tour
Musical guest Lady Gaga performs on Saturday Night Live
Lady Gaga performs onstage during the 2016 American Music Awards
Lady Gaga performs and Kendall Jenner walks the runway during the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show
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